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Monday, 29 December 2014

Redefining the poor as “terrorists”

Most so-called “terrorist” activity is a by-product of neoliberalism’s on-going crisis and its marginalisation of a growing proportion of the world’s population. 
In 1997, a group of American neo-conservatives (neocons) established a think-tank known as the Project for the New American Century (PNAC). Its goal was world dominance by the USA. Its members formed the rump of the Bush administration that came to power in 2000, with at least 18 of them being appointed to key positions in the George W. Bush administration.
In September 2000, just four months before Bush took office as President, the PNAC published a report called Rebuilding America’s Defenses: Strategy, Forces and Resources for a new Century. It was devoted to matters of maintaining US pre-eminence, thwarting rival powers and shaping the global security system according to US interests. Section V of the report, entitled “Creating Tomorrow's Dominant Force”, included the clumsily-written sentence: “Further, the process of transformation, even if it brings revolutionary change, is likely to be a long one, absent some catastrophic and catalyzing event––like a new Pearl Harbor”.

There are many theories regarding 9/11. What is certain is that it amply served the function of this “new Pearl Harbour”, presenting the neocons, who now effectively controlled the Pentagon and many of the other high reaches of the US Administration, with the opportunity that they sought. The launch of a Global War on Terror (GWOT) was the ideological means necessary to secure the militarization of those regions, such as Africa, that US imperial interests required. Indeed, Deepak Lal, Economic Advisor to the World Bank, and an economist closely associated with US conservative think-tanks, said that the GWOT could be seen as “merely an extension of defending the capitalist market”.

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